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McNeese State head women's basketball coach Brooks Donald Williams talks to the team during a practice. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)<br>

McNeese State head women's basketball coach Brooks Donald Williams talks to the team during a practice. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

Cowgirls host Wiley College tonight in exhibition game

Last Modified: Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:16 PM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

Fans will get their first chance to see the two-time defending Southland Conference women’s tournament champions play this season in tonight’s free 7 p.m. exhibition game at Burton Coliseum.

McNeese State faces NAIA opponent Wiley College to tip off a season the Cowgirls hope to turn into another NCAA tournament appearance.

The starting backcourt will look familiar with Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett leading the way for their senior seasons. But, there are plenty of new faces in the mix.

One of them is their younger sister, Allison, who will play with her sisters for the first time.

The Cowgirls will also be searching for replacements for last season’s top rebounders, Kendra Wells and Martika Hull. There will be no shortage of potential candidates — six players on this year’s team are at least 6-feet tall, including newcomers Charity Robinson, Cecilia Okoye and Jasmine Prophet.

McNeese’s regular-season debut is Nov. 10 at Vanderbilt. The regular-season home opener will be Nov. 17 against Texas Southern.

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